Sustainable City Centre Homes at Castle Park View Near Completion
As the tallest residential block in Bristol nears completion, Linkcity and Bouygues UK welcomed Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, for a visit to the 26-storey tower yesterday. The Mayor learnt more about the building work and received a tour of the impressive building which will soon bring 375 much-needed new homes to the city centre, including 75 affordable homes.
Developed by Linkcity, built by Bouygues UK, designed by Chapman Taylor and with the support of M&G Investments, Homes England, Bristol City Council and Abri (formerly Yarlington Housing Group), construction of Castle Park View will be finished in Spring 2022.The new homes will host a range of sustainable features as part of the council’s plans to build new homes sustainably in central locations.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “It’s great to see these homes nearing completion. This is a great example of building the homes we desperately need without putting undue pressure on the environment by making the most of brownfield sites in the city centre, as well as bringing value to the community throughout the build. Recommendations from the recent Citizens’ Assembly included the need to rapidly reduce the impact of our homes on climate change and to make changes to neighbourhoods that make traveling easier, healthier, and better for the environment. Castle Park View supports these ambitions by bringing high quality new homes to Bristol in a sustainable location, with direct access to walking and cycling links and heated by our low-carbon heat network.”
Castle Park View’s design includes numerous sustainability features which contributed to it achieving a level four standard in the Code for Sustainable Homes certification, an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes. The sustainable design features include nearly 200 photovoltaic roof-mounted solar panels, more than 500 cycle parking spaces, energy efficient light fittings and kitchen appliances, electric charging points at 20% of the car parking spaces, as well as diverting 99.9% of waste generated during the build from landfill.
By making efficient use of a brownfield site near the city centre, Castle Park View will also support sustainable living in Bristol. The site is within walking distance of Bristol Temple Meads station and Bristol Bus and Coach Station, as well as on walking and cycling routes across the city, reducing car traffic within the city centre.
Axel Boutrolle, Managing Director of Linkcity, said: “Linkcity is very proud to be delivering this much needed building for the people of Bristol. Doing so in such a collaborative way on public land has been a challenging but very rewarding and worthwhile experience. The sustainability credentials of this building are second to none, and we have created environmentally friendly, energy efficient and more importantly affordable homes for hundreds of families in this city, a cause which is very close to our hearts. We hope Castle Park View will be the first of many developments in the UK that uses inner city brown field sites to build much needed housing for thriving cities such as Bristol.”